Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine should come with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

You should stop smoking completely before you start using this medicine. Do not use any tobacco products during therapy. If you continue to smoke with the inhaler, you may have serious unwanted effects from nicotine.

It is also important to use a stop-smoking program that may include education, counseling, and psychological support. This may make it easier for you to stop smoking.

To use:

  • The inhaler comes with a plastic mouthpiece and cartridges (small tubes) of nicotine. The cartridges are inserted into the mouthpiece.
  • Use the inhaler at a room temperature above 60 degrees F.
  • After inserting the cartridge, inhale or puff through the mouthpiece. The cartridge will last about 20 minutes with active puffing.
  • When the cartridge is empty, take it out of the mouthpiece. Throw it away where children and pets cannot reach it.
  • The mouthpiece can be reused. Wash it regularly with soap and water. Store it in the original plastic storage case.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral inhalation dosage form (cartridge):
    • To help you stop smoking:
      • Adults—At first, use 6 cartridges per day. Your doctor may adjust the dose based on the number of cigarettes you smoke per day or based on how well you tolerate the medicine. However, the total dose is usually not more than 16 cartridges per day. Your dose will be gradually reduced before stopping treatment completely.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.

Storage

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

When the cartridge is empty, take it out of the mouthpiece. Throw it away where children and pets cannot reach it.

The mouthpiece can be reused. Wash it regularly with soap and water. Store it in the original plastic storage case.